aka Averrhoa bilimbi, bilimbi, cucumber tree, tree sorrel
Propagate: marcotting , seeding
Water: once a day
Soil: good drainage
Fertilizer: twice a month
Control Hypertension : Hypertension is a condition assiociated with the rise of blood pressure in the arteries. A person is said to have hypertension when his/her blood pressure is consistently above 140/90 mmHg. Bilimbi fruit has been used traditionally to control hypertension. Bilimbi fruits are boiled with 3 cups of water until half of the water has evaporated, then the decoction can be taken once it’s lukewarm. It is advised to drink this decoction every morning.
Control Diabetes : Bilimbi fruits are known to reduce blood sugar level. There are 2 ways of taking the benefits for controlling blood sugar level: first, making the bilimbi fruits into juice and drink it just like any other fruit juice. The second, boil mashed bilimbi fruits with 1 cup of water until half of the water is evaporated. Then take the decoction by straining the stew and drink it 2 times a day.
Reduce Fever and Flu : Bilimbi fruit decoction is already used for centuries to treat fever. The flower is made into infusion for treating cold and cough. The high vitamin C in this fruit helps strengthen immune system.
Treatment of Mumps : Mumps (epidemic parotitis) is a disease caused by mumps virus. This virus attacks parotid salivary glands, can be one or both parotid glands. The disease results in painful swelling in parotid glands. Putting the paste of young stems and leaves of bilimbi with garlic
Treatment of Allergies : Allergy is a condition caused by the hypersensitivity of the body’s immune system towards some particular things outside of the body. Drinking bilimbi fruit juice or bilimbi leaves infusion regularly can reduce the allergies.
Treatment of Inflamed Hemorrhoids: Bilimbi fruit syrup can be used to treat any inflammations, including hemorrhoids. The astringent effect helps reduce rectal bleeding.
Reduce Pimples and Brighten Skin : The oxalic acid and vitamin A in bilimbi fruits helps reducing pimples, soothing the painful inflamed ones. Vitamin C helps make the skin brighter, reduce black spots and keep the skin tight because it promotes the production of collagen, a substance needed to keep the skin tones. To remove the pimples, put mashed bilimbi fruits on clean face as a face mask. Let it sit atleast 30 minutes or until the mask dry, then wash the face with warm water. Do this everyday, for at least 3 days. You can also add bilimbi fruits in your juice or fruits to add nutrients and refreshing taste. With bilimbi face mask and drinking bilimbi juice regularly, our face will look brighter, youthful and black spots will go away.
Treatment of Obesity : In India, bilimbi fruits are used in traditional medicine to control obesity. Native people believe that bilimbi fruit contains anti-hyperlipidemic agents, so it can prevent weight gain. As we already know, obesity can lead into various diseases. And it doesn’t look good either; obesity is frown upon in many cultures because it shows lack of self-control and lack of self-respect. Obesity also make our skin and hair look dull and old.